Jesus expressed precisely the reason the Church has become so ineffective in the modern world. How very carefully has Satan laid out his campaign to infect the Church with the scientific theories of men to accomplish the very same misdeed with the entire world that he first practiced on Adam and Eve.
It was there in the Garden that the serpent hissed out the first doubt ever heard by a human ear. "Yea, hath God said...?" (Gen 3:1). The remainder of the question I've neglected to quote, because my focus is on what Satan was doing. Because that question allowed him to accomplish his purpose, and drive a wedge between the Lord and the creatures He had created. The devil has continued to use that device down through all human history which has followed.
As a boy, and then a young man, I heard the gospel many times, but any time I thought of becoming a Christian, the thought came into my head: "yea, hath God said...? And I would complete the question with the account of creation in Gen 1. I went through a phase when I was about 12 when I wanted to be an astronomer. I read every book I could find about the subject, and I remember the excellent job my mother did of pretending she cared about all the stuff I would show her in the night sky. But those books were stuffed full of the theories of people who wrote incessantly of the billions of years all those celestial bodies had been there, of all the processes they had gone through. And these people were so positive of their "facts" it was as if they had sat in a lawn chair for a few billion years and watched it all happen.
My young mind could not fit that into a Bible history that told me that all the universe had begun a little over 6,000 years ago. So, I answered the question, "No! God could not have said that." Then there was the next dilemma. If that part of the Bible was wrong, how much more might be suspect?
Thank God, I found the truth at last. Moses did write the truth, and I can safely believe it without question. But how our culture has been tricked is a marvel beyond any other that Satan has devised. He is still saying it: "Yea, hath God said...? and millions are being deceived. It is for that reason I consider Ken Ham a hero of the faith, for in the book series I referenced in detail yesterday, he has gathered the opinions of top scientists in a multitude of disciplines, and very effectively demolished the modern theories which have cast a shadow of doubt over the Holy Scriptures. Pastor Dave.
Note: For those who want to investigate this issue on a deeper level, I recommend obtaining the 4-volume set of "The New Answers Book" by Ken Ham. You may write: Master Books, P.O. Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638, or visit website at http://www.masterbooks.net (I spent a year studying those 4 books in detail; one of the most productive projects I have ever undertaken).
Larry’s Note: David has been a co-worker with me for over 40 years. He now serves as our Assistant Pastor/Teacher.
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